Maintaining a healthy diet can be a lot more difficult than it sounds. And although these days, living a healthy lifestyle has become more of a trend – with celebrities and bloggers promoting products like skinny detox teas and sharing healthy recipes and workout videos – eating healthy can still be challenging. After all, who doesn’t love to indulge in the occasional junk food. But eating healthy doesn’t always have to be a downer! And with summer right around the corner, you’ll want to be beach-ready for those pool parties and beach days.
Here are some healthy food swaps to make you healthier.
Junk Food: Potato Chips / Healthy Food Swap: Kale Chips
Instead of reaching for your favorite bag of potato chips, indulge in some kale chips! Raw kale can sometimes be bitter, making it harder to consume, but pop them in the oven for just 10 minutes and turn them into a delicious savory snack. Kale chips are packed with essential antioxidants and are a great source of vitamin K, which aids the body’s process of blood clotting and B vitamins, which have a variety of skincare benefits.
Junk Food: French Fries / Healthy Food Swap: Sweet Potato Wedges
While the raw nutritional value between potatoes and sweet potatoes are relatively the same in calories (100-200 calories), sweet potatoes are higher in fiber, calcium, and vitamin A. If you’re also looking to shed a couple of pounds, adding sweet potatoes to your diet can be beneficial as the fiber helps you feel full and satisfied.
Junk Food: Pasta / Healthy Food Swap: Zoodles
If you love Italian food and the thought of not being able to eat your favorite spaghetti bolognese is putting a major damper on your mood, consider making a healthier version with some zucchini noodles. Unlike pasta, zucchini noodles are low in calories and carbs and are a great source of vitamins C, A, B6, potassium, and other essential nutrients. Plus, they are super easy to make!
Junk Food: Milk Chocolate / Healthy Food Swap: Dark Chocolate
Now, who doesn’t love chocolate? If you’re a chocolate lover like us, the good news is that you can still indulge, but in a more mindful way. Instead of indulging in milk chocolate, replace it with dark chocolate (the higher the cocoa percentage, the better). Unlike milk chocolate, dark chocolate is very nutritious and contains organic compounds that make it a great source of antioxidants.
Junk Food: Milkshake / Healthy Food Swap: Homemade Smoothie
The next time your sugar craving kicks in, make a smoothie in the comfort of your own home. Milkshakes contains milk and ice creams and is often sweetened by syrup, which makes them quite rich in fat and sugar content. Smoothies contain yogurt and a blend of fruits and veggies, which offer various minerals, vitamins, nutrients, and are rich in carbs and low in fat, making them the perfect sweet treat.
Although eating healthy can sometimes feel like a drag, your body will thank you later if you make some of these healthy food swaps. Of course, anything in moderation is okay, but making baby steps toward living a healthier lifestyle can make you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally better in the long run!